Translation of don and donna

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Translation of don and donna

Post by rp76226 » 15 May 2015, 21:15

I sometimes see the uncapitalized word of "don" before an Italian male name and "donna" before an Italian female name. What do those words mean?

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Re: Translation of don and donna

Post by AngelaGrace56 » 15 May 2015, 23:21

My understanding from what I have read is that they are titles of respect given to individuals who were of high social standing within a community – people of great wealth, education etc. It was often given to people such as property owners, priests, doctors, lawyers etc. The words Don and Donna translate to Lord and Lady.
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Re: Translation of don and donna

Post by Macklemore » 16 May 2015, 15:11

AngelaGrace56 wrote:My understanding from what I have read is that they are titles of respect given to individuals who were of high social standing within a community – people of great wealth, education etc. It was often given to people such as property owners, priests, doctors, lawyers etc. The words Don and Donna translate to Lord and Lady.
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Exactly, beautiful explanation! :wink:

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Re: Translation of don and donna

Post by AngelaGrace56 » 20 May 2015, 01:56

Thank you Macklemore! I am pleased that I both understood correctly and explained it so that it was understood :D Welcome to the Forum Macklemore!
Angela :)

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